Dementia is progressive, which means that someone with the disease will almost certainly get worse over time and require long-term care, such as assisted living and/or memory care. Assisted living can be for any senior that needs assistance with something — from housekeeping and making meals to showering and getting around.
“Memory care is assisted living PLUS,” says Carrie Wilson, who is director of the Reflections Memory Program at the Ivy at Ellington. Memory care communities are housed within assisted living communities and offer 24/7 care from professional staff members with specialized training for the care of those suffering from dementia and other cognitive impairments, including memory loss.
“The entire environment and program of memory care are specifically geared toward keeping a senior with memory impairment or dementia as independent and successful as possible while living a social, fun, happy life day in and day out,” Wilson says.
Unfortunately, it can be challenging to navigate your options and choose the best memory care community for your loved one. Every facility and community is different, and all have different pros and cons. That’s why you should learn as much as you can about memory care before deciding on a facility.
Although this process can be time-consuming, it will pay dividends when it comes to your peace of mind. You’ll feel at peace knowing that you’ve found the perfect memory care community to ensure a high quality of life for your loved one for as long as possible.
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